Psalm 58: Venting

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Have you ever come home bloodied by a bully? Do you know the pain of heartless torment? Can you remember enduring abuse, helpless against cruel aggression?

That kind of suffering scars the soul like nothing else. It’s confusing, humiliating, excruciating, and enraging. Those afflicted this way are desperate for deliverance, but they want more. Vengeance seems a sweet antidote for injustice, a passionate plea made by the least of these.

Imprecatory prayers (as they’re called), cries for harm against one’s enemies are not forbidden, but neither are they encouraged. Perhaps they are allowed for the purpose of ridding our hearts of resentment. Venting the venom of retribution makes room for the miracle of mercy.

Our Father in heaven allows us to honestly unload our bitter baggage and assures us that He is more than able to exact justice with perfection. We can release our tormentors to God’s capable care and walk a path of restoration full of freedom and hope. In time, we might find ourselves praying again for our enemies … pleading with God for their welfare instead of their ruin. (Matthew 5:43-45)


  1. Broadened my vocab there (imprecatory prayers), thanks! But also wanted to mention that although I know you we’re setting up the FBC app-reveal yesterday, I appreciated the little historical tidbit in the service. Made me think how enriching church history in general can be. I think many of us don’t have a lot of historical perspective when it comes to scripture, how it’s taken shape and how we’ve come to have access to it. So… thanks for that!

    • Thanks for the comment Meg! It’s always fun to know how folks interact with what I write (and announce :-))!
      I’m a big fan of history … so much to learn from it! Glad it was an encouragement!

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